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Today we’d like to introduce you to Aimee Jennings.

Aimee, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I am a black female fraternal twin of a black female fraternal twin. My family history is the backbone of my art. A history deeply rooted in the American south with all that entails. I loved hearing peoples stories and over time learned how to tell them myself. I have always been a shy person. I enjoyed listening rather than sharing, but as I grew up and gained confidence in my abilities, I have learned the strength in sharing my own story. I chose film as the medium to share my stories because it is a language that everyone can understand no matter where they come from. Image and sound are like fraternal twins. They are the exact opposites of each other, and yet together; they are perfectly balanced to create one image. It is simultaneously universal and personal, light and dark, external and internal. It is me.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I make films from a female point of view. I am completing an experimental travel essay film trilogy inspired by French filmmaker Chris Marker’s seminal piece ‘Sans Soleil.’ My films are experimental long-form visual poems about a solo female traveler reflecting on the principles of human existence through a woman’s lens. Her fragmented memories are juxtaposed with natural imagery captured around the globe, most recently Iceland and Africa. Those two polar opposite locations visually represent the cognitive dissonance in us all.

I see my work as a visual meditation on memory, time, and place. The story of choosing to overcome fears and defying expectations to achieve personal acceptance. An existential examination of a woman’s place in today’s society. An intimate glance at human life expressed as vignettes of a woman’s memory as she ruminates on lessons learned from a specific but never defined ‘You.’ The goal of the film is to inspire people to go beyond fear and love who they’ve become.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
I think conditions for artists have never been better than today. Technology has made it so easy for artists to bring their creative visions to life as well as reach audiences. It isn’t a question of conditions; it’s a question of support. I have made films that have screened in large film festivals, including the Tribeca Film Festival, but that did not guarantee me widespread success. What artists need are advocates already in the industry championing them and exposing them to wider audiences. My art lives in the experimental film genre, but that is a very esoteric space. One that I have no connections in. Independent filmmakers need more established filmmakers and institutions to support them and publicize their work. Los Angeles has a tremendously diverse arts scene, but more can be done to help new undiscovered talent thrive. More publications should employ VoyageLA tactics and get artists to recommend new artists to profile.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My work is available on my website www.fraternalfilms.com. You can support my current project through my Film Independent Fiscal Sponsorship https://www.filmindependent.org/programs/fiscal-sponsorship/thus-the-conclusion.

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